• Milner-Skudder back in action for injury-hit Highlanders

    Nehe Milner-Skudder will play his first Super Rugby match since 2018 when he makes his long-awaited debut for the Highlanders against the Hurricanes on Friday.

    The Highlanders will be without Josh Ioane for the match in Wellington, as well as Fetuli Paea, Ngatungane Punivai, Freedom Vahaakolo, Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Connor Garden-Bachop.

    Ioane was originally named to start at fullback, but has since been ruled out through injury. All Blacks hopeful Marino Mikaele-Tu’u is also missing out with a stress fracture in his leg.

    Thankfully for the Highlanders, Milner-Skudder is back to full fitness and will take Ioane’s place at fullback against his former side.

    Milner-Skudder joined the Highlanders last year after being released by Toulon, but his debut was delayed by his struggle to return to fitness.

     

    The 30-year-old has had his own battles with both a shoulder and MCL injury, which prevented him from making a single appearance for the French giants.

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